Whether in English, Spanish, or any other language, reading aloud to children provides them with life-changing benefits.
Then and Now
Before television came into the home, children grew up listening to rhymes, poems, songs, and stories. They were very fortunate to receive such a rich heritage through oral storytelling.
Today's world has changed greatly. Young couples often set up their households far from family and friends. Starting their family so far from their extended families, parents lose access to a wonderful treasure: the stories and values their family members could teach their children.
Source: Reading Children's Books: There's More to it Than Meets the Eye. (1999). Articles for parents. ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, AEL, Inc.